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Freeze Frame – Turner Classic Movies presents Hitchcock’s “The Birds”
What’s The Buzz – Announcing 2012 Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts
The Arts Dept. – 38th Anniversary ArtWalk happenings
No Bad Jazz – Phoenix gets its bigtime jazz venue
The Vinyl Analysis – Johnny D back on the air
Rock Poetry 101 – Great lines from unsung heroes
New Calendar News – Latest, greatest upcoming events


Turner Classic Movies presents Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

NCM® Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) event series featuring four newly restored titles commemorating Universal Pictures' 100th anniversary begins with Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The Birds

This event will bring back Alfred Hitchcock’s chilling 1963 masterpiece, telling the tale of modern rich socialite Melanie Daniels and the strange behavior of birds north of San Francisco. The series will feature newly restored versions of the films created by Universal in celebration of its 100th Anniversary and will also include a specially-produced TCM introduction by film historian, author and TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes for each of these American classics with unique insights into their making.

Tickets to the series are available at presenting theater box offices and online at Fathom Events. For a complete list of presenting theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

Image: Iconic still for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," courtesy of Fathom Events
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Jazz, Grassroots and World music for Fall Tempe Festival

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will feature jazz, grassroots and world musics when it returns to the Mill Avenue District this Fall. Friday, Nov. 30 will be Jazz Day, Saturday, Dec. 1 will be Grassroots Day with folk and Americana sounds and World Music Day will fall on Sunday, Dec. 2. Now in its 44th year as one of the West’s premier outdoor events, the weekend festival boasts more than 400 artists and craftspeople. Watch for more details coming soon!

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38th Anniverary ArtWalk announces celebratory activities

The Scottsdale Gallery Association has announced that it will kick off its 38th ArtWalk season on Thurs., Oct. 18 from 7 to 9pm. The new Anniversary ArtWalk will feature live painting on the streets, great local music and gallery spotlights on Scottsdale’s favorite artists.

38th Anniversary ArtWalk

Musical treats along the ArtWalk route will include jazz-classical flutist Sherry Finzer, neo-classical pianist Elijah Bossenbroek and rhythm & blues master Simon Crown.

ArtWalkers can even grab a paintbrush themselves as Art of Merlot hosts a live, 7 by 9 foot canvas group painting session, led by Lucretia Torva.

For refreshment, stop by the Northwest corner of Main St. and Marshall Way where Shine Coffee will be selling their delicious wares in support of the YEA! Young & Emerging Artists program. They’ll also feature incredible brioche doughnuts prepared by FnB’s Charleen Badman! Check out the ArtWalk’s Preferred Restaurants list for additional tasty ideas and ArtWalk specials nearby.

“America’s Original ArtWalk” is located in the Scottsdale Arts District, which features dozens of fine art galleries just west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School to 5th Ave. There’s plenty of free parking and free trolley rides to all corners of the Arts District. For more information on all the FREE ArtWalk activities, visit

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Phoenix gets its bigtime jazz venue
Lewis Nash

Finally, Phoenix has a venue devoted to jazz in the purest sense. Nonprofit Jazz in AZ has opened The Nash on Roosevelt and 1st Street with jazz jams that draw up to 30 musicians sitting in and lots of onlookers. But the place takes its name from of Phoenix’s greatest jazz exports, drummer Lewis Nash, who attended ASU in the ‘70s and then left town to seek his destiny in the backup group for jazz singer Betty Carter. That was just the first of many gigs that took him to the top of the contemporary jazz world. Nash comes home on Oct. 3 for the Grand Opening of the new jazz venue that now bears his name, and he’ll bless the place with a quintet date that also features Houston Person, Christian McBride, Cedar Walton and Russell Malone.

Details at

Image: Lewis Nash


Johnny D back on the air

Iconoclastic deejay Johnny D (for Dixon) is back on Valley airwaves courtesy of KWSS, 106.7 FM. His show, very appropriately, is called “Mostly Vinyl” and finds Johnny uncovering obscure but always interesting musical finds from yesteryear. The man’s history dates back to the ‘60s when as a mere pup he had his own late-night show “R&B with Johnny D” and nobody in town knew who this dude was, but many cherished the chance to hear unfiltered soul music in Phoenix on their AM dial. Later, in the ‘70s he flirted with Music Director positions at New Wave stations that, while now relegated to the Haul of Fame, were always fresh and fun. Talk about vaults; this guys is an authority on record collecting and always has the scoop on great music and musicians. The current “Mostly Vinyl” show is sponsored in part by Fervor Records, another local entity that has done much to preserve the Phoenix musical legacy.


“Now I’ve been crying lately
thinking about the world as it is.
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?
‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
there rides a peace train.
Oh, peace train take this country,
come take me home again.”
– Cat Stevens, “Peace Train,” from Teaser and the Firecat (A&M), later covered by The Pretenders with equal emotion


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Every Wednesday
Terroir Wine Pub
Open mic night featuring Angela Alvarez
Terroir Wine Pub
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Every Thursday

Scottsdale ArtWalk is every week, 7-9pm, FREE

Wednesday, September 19

Turner Classic Movies presents The Birds
Apache Lake Music Festival
In select theatres throughout the Phoenix area
Click here for locations

October 11-13

Apache Lake Music Festival
Tickets available on August 18th, $40 for all 3 days

Thursday, October 18

38th Anniversary ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE

Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

Thursday, November 8

Western ArtWalk, 7-9pm, FREE
Part of Fall for the Arts in Scottsdale
Hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association
Throughout Scottsdale Arts District

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